One of my tutors Pete suggested I should look at photographer Dianne Arbus because Arbus was known for her photographs of Marginalised people and took some great photographs of Twins.
Diane Arbus (born Diane Nemerov, 1923–1971) was an American photographer whose work captured 1950s and 1960s America and transformed the art of photography.
‘Nothing is ever the same as they said it was. It’s what I’ve never seen before that I recognize.’
Diane Arbus was born in New York City and found most of her subjects there. She was a photographer primarily of people she discovered in the metropolis and its environs. Her ‘contemporary anthropology’ – portraits of couples, children, carnival performers, nudists, middle-class families, transvestites, people on the street, zealots, eccentrics, and celebrities – stands as an allegory of postwar America and an exploration of the relationship between appearance and identity, illusion and belief, theatre and reality.
For Arbus, photography was a medium that tangled with the facts. Many of her subjects face the camera implicitly aware of their collaboration in the portrait-making process. In her photographs, the self-conscious
encounter between photographer and subject becomes a central drama of the picture
While professionally continuing to thrive in the late 1960s, Arbus had some personal challenges. Her marriage to Allan Arbus ended in 1969, and she later struggled with depression. She committed suicide in her New York City apartment on July 26, 1971. Her work remains a subject of intense interest, and her life was the basis of the 2006 film Fur, starring Nicole Kidman as Arbus. http://www.biography.com/people/diane-arbus-9187461
Moving on I hope to replicate and experiment with some of the Arbus style photography portraits with Paige and Taylor. Here are a few I took this week. I tried to replicate the Face to Face twin photography using Paige and Taylor and got an interesting photograph that looks like a mirror image.